The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we interact in our outdoor spaces. Back yards became havens where friends and family congregate with great food, even better conversation, and lots of love. Flower beds turned into makeshift veggie gardens. People began appreciating the benefits of native plants. This return to simplicity has continued into 2021, showing how our values and preferences have been drastically altered by spending more time at home. We expect to see the following landscaping design trends prevail in 2021 and beyond:
All the experts agree native plants will dominate landscapes in 2021. Homeowners want low-maintenance lawns that attract local wildlife while restoring the soil. Climate change concerns and a switch to a do-no-harm mentality in lawn care contribute to the focus on native species. Florida residents can choose from a gorgeous variety of native flora, including:
- Carolina Jessamine
- Black-eyed Susan
- Wax Myrtle
- Saw Palmetto
Native plants use less water, thrive in local conditions, and will keep your lawn looking fresh all year long.
Opt for a soothing, natural vibe over bright pops of color this year. It’s all about simple tones and materials, such as wood, brick, and stone. Key colors for the year include off whites, beiges, browns, and grays. If you still want to add some color to your outdoor space, pick hues found in nature, such as deep greens and burnt reds.
Outdoor space that is both attractive and functional is what it’s all about in 2021. Try turning your front lawn into a veggie garden, install a small greenhouse, or go all out with a harvestable backyard forest. Maximize space by using levels to add plantable square footage. Outdoor play areas that incorporate trees and grass cost less and stay cooler too.
Comfortable outdoor living
Comfortable outdoor spaces have always been a trend in Florida, and 2021 will be no different. Covered, screened patios and pool rooms will keep you and the family enjoying the outdoors bug-free all year long. Consider adding a herb garden in simple containers, a plush rug, and cozy furniture in neutral tones to complete the look.
Trendy yards in 2021 will play with ambient light, hidden fixtures, and areas of light and dark contrast. Moonlighting and downlighting with warm color bulbs is a great way to achieve an understated, yet elegant effect.
Using plants that encourage pollinators is a great way to benefit the environment while keeping your lawn on-trend. Great options to bring the birds, bees, and butterflies into your yard include:
- Anise hyssop
- Purple coneflower
Take the natural movement to the next level with repurposed items in your outdoor spaces. Try discarded industrial pieces for a modern look that will stand up to harsh weather.
Belgian design takes simplicity one step further, with luxurious elements in distinct forms. With a focus on gardening essentials, expect to see natural materials like clay and woven fibers.
The best thing about 2021’s most popular landscaping design trends is that they are low-maintenance and focused on restoring land back to a more natural state. With climate change in the back of everyone’s mind, the move towards more natural lawn care methods is good for both people and wildlife. Let our experts at Oasis Palms & Landscaping show you how to incorporate the latest landscaping trends into your lawn. Call (813) 370-1135 to schedule a consultation with our premier landscaping team today.